Start Up Initiative

Intesa Sanpaolo technologies

Thanks to continuous research and innovation, new disruptive technologies have become a very promising market but still need to express their full potential. Fostering new technologies and supporting the growth of early stage companies require a significant effort from public institutions, investors and entrepreneurs in order to overcome public skepticism and change their risk attitude and approach towards innovation. In this context, Intesa Sanpaolo has decided to foster research and investment in disruptive technologies by investing in new sectors/solutions and launching ad-hoc initiatives. As an ideal mediator between startups and investors, Intesa Sanpaolo set up Start-Up Initiative, a specific platform for scouting, selecting and presenting young and promising startups to investors.

Solution description

The Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative is specifically aimed at technology-intensive sectors, with each edition dedicated to a specific sector (e.g. Cleantech, Biotechnologies, Nanotechnologies, etc.). Startups are selected once or twice a year to attend a training program, with American business angels and coaches supporting them to set up their project. After a line up deal with a panel of experts, a selected pool of the startups is then invited to pitch in front of a selected public of investors and entrepreneurs in order to present the idea, discuss the potential and in case of positive outcome boost it through investments.


Unlike traditional financial instruments, Intesa Sanpaolo has created an innovative way for newly born startups to get high value training and the opportunity to meet many qualified investors:

  • In the last 5 years, Start-Up Initiative has selected and trained more than 750 startups, while more than 500 companies pitched in front of 6,400 investors during 75 events in worldwide locations
  • Roughly 30% of these results concerned clean technologies startups
  • 70 success cases (receiving investments, grants and prizes) have been selected from the participating startups